From Victim to Victor: Change Your Mind to Change Your Life

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by: Jamie Rautenberg

I used to have a ton of excuses why I couldn’t achieve what I truly desired. Unfortunately, I lived in a puzzle of chronic pain that tricked me into believing each and every one of those excuses.

Yes, it’s true that there are very real physical challenges faced by those of us living with chronic illness and our bad days can really suck. But, the heart of me is still beating away even if POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, a common Lyme Disease complication) makes it beat faster than I’d like most of the time.

The way I see it, I had two choices: believe in the limitations or believe in the possibilities.

I went with the latter, doing everything required to support my body while challenging those old beliefs that kept me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually stuck. Anytime an excuse came up, I questioned it.

Eventually, “I can’t.” became “How can I?”

The key is to always allow flexibility with the answer. Whenever I started to feel powerless because I needed to rest my body in bed, I asked, “How can I do this from bed?”

This subtle shift allowed for the most beautiful creativity to come rushing in. Amazing knowledge, people, and healers started showing up in my life just from creating a possibility through the seemingly impossible.

As the lovely and wise Dr. Habib Sadeghi says, “We all know the saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it”, but in a universe where reality is relative, the opposite is actually true. You will see it only, WHEN you believe it. Will you be realistic and adopt someone else’s idea of reality as your destiny, or will you create your own?”

I say let’s create through the pain, through the fear, and into the unknown possibilities.


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